Jun 23, 2015

Australia Week: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta - Review & Giveaway



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Saving Francesca

Francesca seems to have it all, until one day, she doesn’t. Her all girls school not teaching year 11 and 12, forcing her to go to an all boys school that thinks having a bathroom for females makes them a mixed school. All her old friends leaving for Pius, the one school she wants to go to but won’t because her mother doesn’t want her to. Being stuck with all the weirdos from her old school and a bunch of unmannered guys. And most of all, her mother not getting out of bed anymore.

Francesca is drowning. All around her, everybody pretends like everything is okay, whilst it clearly is not. Her mother Mia, her strong and opinionated and loving and caring mother Mia, is reduced to nothing but a shadow of herself. Her father doesn’t do much to reduce the problem, and all the people who know Mia simply don’t understand. Nobody understands. Having never felt this alone in her entire life, Francesca doesn’t know what to do with herself. And all these annoying boys all around her aren’t exactly helping.

But what if these annoying boys turn out to be exactly what she needs?

Review

You have books that make you feel something. You have books that make you cry. And then you have books that make your feelings go all over the place, destroy your soul, put it back together with a band aid and then make you laugh-cry. Multiple times. This book, I can honestly say, is one of the latter variety. Man, did I feel a lot of things whilst reading this. Man, was I not aware of how good this was going to be. Man, was I not prepared. I am going to try and put my thoughts into words, but I’m still reeling because of the ending. I never write a review right after finishing a book, but right now I feel like I have to. Yeah, it’s THAT kind of book.

I want to start with the general theme of the book straight away. The story is set around and focused on depression, but not in the way you’d think. Instead of reading about the person with the depression, you read about her daughter and how it affects everybody around her. And may I just say how well-done this was? As someone who’s experienced what it is like to have a depressed family member, I felt like I could relate to Francesca so much. Everything she did and felt and thought was so believable, and it was more like reading a personal diary of someone, basically looking into their soul, than reading a book about a girl going to an all boys school. This was an amazing experience.

Another thing I loved about this book was the characters and their development. In the beginning, we see these people through Francesca’s eyes for the first time. We get a quick rundown of who they are and why we think they’re annoying. As the story progresses, who they are doesn’t change, but how Francesca feels towards them does. The transition was so fascinating to watch, and before I knew it I felt like a part of the group and not just an outsider reading a story. I felt a true connection with each and every character, and they all stood out in their own way. Because it was such a short story, there were no fillers and every character and every sentence mattered. Normally, I don’t really like short books, but for this story it worked.

I fell in love with the raw and honest writing style Melina Marchetta possesses. I could be laughing one second and be in tears the next. I wanted the story to never be over, and at the same time I couldn’t wait for the ending because I knew it would give me such a satisfied feeling. I felt Francesca’s pain as if it was my own, and the book really left an impression on me. So, the moment I finished reading, I started on my review. Knowing me, I got distracted and ended up on Goodreads, looking through all the books she’s written. And guess what I’ve found? A COMPANION NOVELISH SEQUEL! I don’t even care that it is from somebody else’s point of view, I want it. No, let me rephrase that. I need it. I haven’t loved a book like this in a while, so you can understand how happy this makes me feel. And all this because of Australia week. Thanks, Australia, I owe you one!

Giveaway

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26 comments:

  1. My high school was ok but not very exciting. I did not like it much as I was picked on a lot.

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  2. my school was a very large, mixed races and abilities, and I won "miss Deighton" in my last year there!

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  3. My high school was okay, nothing really exciting really.

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  4. As an Asian living in an Asian country, my high school time was a horrible chain of competitive days with other students to get high grades like robots.

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  5. I liked my high school, good times.

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  6. I hated high school and left as soon as I could

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  7. I went to three different high schools. They just kept getting better. Great friends make ALL the difference.

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  8. My high school was a large school in Northland New Zealand. I loved it but it has gone down hill since I was there :)

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  9. It was a really nice secondary school with very few trouble-makers, and it was considered cool to be clever, but I was shy & introverted (not at all like now!) so struggled with more confident girl groups.

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  10. It's such a long time since I left high school I'm not sure I have an accurate memory of it! I hated school first off but as I got older it was a great place..we had a laugh with each other and with some of the teachers

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  11. i still have some good friends form highschool, but sometimes it was awful!+thanks for the book!

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  12. My high school was OK and I still have some good friends.

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  13. My high school was okay, which was a total disappointment for me because I was hoping for more drama! I wanted jocks, mean girls and gossip, but I didn't get it! :(

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  14. My high school was good,okay :)

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  15. I didn't like high school at all, college is much better :)

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  16. It was great, so fun. There were no cliques and 6 years later, we still see each other regularly. Thank you for the giveaway of this awesome book :D

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  17. I didn't enjoy it that much,had only superficial relationships with people sadly.

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  18. honestly, the atmosphere was not very good and even problematic but the friends and teachers helped a lot!

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  19. Awful, and apparently it hasn't changed. Luckily I made some good friends there.

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  20. It was ok but I never liked school
    Jade h

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  21. It was horrible - an old fashioned girls grammar school

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  22. i didnt enjoy high schoool at all

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  23. It was good, playing football morning, breaks, dinner time & afternoon.

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